5 Talent Management Mistakes To Avoid At All Costs

Talent Management Mistakes A businessman is looking at Sacrificing Your Culture

Are You Making Talent Management Mistakes?
Talent management is important. In fact, our organizational alignment research found talent accounts for 29% of the difference between high and low performing organizations regardless of industry.  Could that be you in the photo above – considering the talent you have, the talent you’d like to have, and the talent you need to grow?

The Five Most Common Talent Management Mistakes
Before you make major decisions regarding your talent management strategy, you’d be wise to read through the following common talent management mistakes that trip up too many talent leaders.

1.  Assuming Current High Performers Will be Future High Performers
Keep in mind that you will be asking more of your current high performers than you did before. Are they capable of handling more challenging responsibilities and, if so, do they have the skills they need to do so? There are few who can step into an expanded role without a lot of help and training.

Know that, out of your current pool of higher performers, only a rare few can succeed at higher, bigger, and more complex roles without significant support and coaching.

2.  Assuming Current High Performers Are Fully Engaged
Most high performers set challenging goals for themselves – both personally and professionally. If their goals are not aligned with company goals, or if they are not as challenged as they desire, they are significant retention risks. In fact, our best places to work employee engagement research shows that a quarter of high potentials intend to leave their current jobs within a year and a third confess to not giving their current job their full attention and commitment.

As a leader whose success is dependent upon the success of others, it is critical that you ensure your top talent has aligned goals and challenging work. Give them opportunities to participate in high level strategic planning so they have greater insight and connection into the company’s plans for the future.

3.  Assuming Current High Performers Need Protection From Failure
So much learning comes after a misstep or two. High potentials need to be allowed to make mistakes so they can learn from them and grow. A good part of their development should involve greater levels of scope, problem solving and decision making.

That’s what good leaders do – put high performers in meaningful situations where they must stretch, be bold and take some calculated risks.

4.  Assuming Current High Performers Can be Adequately Developed by Mid-level Managers
Once you have identified an elite group of high potentials, don’t abandon them or relegate their development to mid-level managers. They are your organization’s future and, as such, should be groomed and coached by proven company leaders who know what it takes to succeed at high levels in your unique organizational culture.

5.  Assuming Current High Performers Should be Compensated Just Like Others in the Same Role
High performers give more, and they rightfully expect more. This is not a time to be equal. Extra effort and higher performance deserve a differentiated level of rewards and recognition commensurate with their contribution.

Our research tells us it is imperative that high performers feel that they will be recognized and rewarded if they contribute to the organization’s success if you want them to be engaged and retained.

The Bottom Line
Avoid the common talent management mistakes above as you groom your elite performers and build your leadership pipeline to execute your business and people strategies.

To learn more about getting the most from your talent, download Research Why Talent is 1/3rd of the Talent Management Recipe for Success

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